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I keep mine in the case, dust ugh 10 55.56%
I hang mine on the wall for everyone to see 5 27.78%
I keep mine on a stand to show everyone I'm a busy musician 3 16.67%
Leaning against the couch so it's within easy reach 0 0%
Over there somewhere against the wall behind the pile of washing 0 0%
Store it??? It's over there on the floor keeping the table from tilting 0 0%
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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-26-2014, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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How do you store your precious axes?

Well, loving my axes the way I do I keep them in their hard cases propped up against the wall. To me they represent my hard earned cash, the time spent acquiring them and the time I value playing them. I know many love to hang them up and there are others who keep them on stands. There are even some people who stick them in corners, propped against couches or walls.

So, how do you store your guitar(s) when not being played?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-26-2014, 02:38 PM
 
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Re: How do you store your precious axes?

Well... since I could pick only one I had to select "on a stand", but it's not to show anyone anything. I pick it up several times a day for short periods... sometimes I can play for an hour or two though. I'm not near as likely to get it out of the case if it is packed away without a strap. Right now I have my rg520 on the stand as my main player, the rg5ex1 tuned to D std leaning on my amp, the Les Paul and Charvel and Takamine acoustic and basses are in their cases.
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-26-2014, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: How do you store your precious axes?

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Well... since I could pick only one I had to select "on a stand", but it's not to show anyone anything. I pick it up several times a day for short periods... sometimes I can play for an hour or two though. I'm not near as likely to get it out of the case if it is packed away without a strap. Right now I have my rg520 on the stand as my main player, the rg5ex1 tuned to D std leaning on my amp, the Les Paul and Charvel and Takamine acoustic and basses are in their cases.
I know where you're coming from. For years I used stands and wall hangers and used to regularly keep an LP Custom sitting against an amp. The thing I noticed was they got dirty as hell and with Ireland's climate being basically damp and miserable all year round I found the metal parts got pitted and slightly rusted. For some reason in the last year or so they've become really precious to me so now it's cases all the time. You're right though, some days it takes all my willpower to open the damn case.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-26-2014, 03:35 PM
 
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Re: How do you store your precious axes?

In their cases, stood up, between a wall, and an amp. Nice and easy to grab any single one that I feel like playing.

Would love to have them out though, but having them all in their cases means less things to clean, and I'm all for less things to clean.

I also spray a rag with a mix of isopropanol and eucalyptus oil, and wipe down the strings before I put them away. I've found that doing this means corrosion isn't an issue, and only string wear is.

There's nothing worse than grabbing a guitar and feeling gunky strings.

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-26-2014, 06:17 PM
 
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Re: How do you store your precious axes?

I have a small studio space some are hanging some on stands
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-26-2014, 08:22 PM
 
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Re: How do you store your precious axes?

I have a guest room that has become my defacto guitar room. Keep guitars on the bed or in cases in the closet hehe.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-26-2014, 09:11 PM
 
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Re: How do you store your precious axes?

I have a decent size collection and I currently ave seven hanging and four on stands. But I have three neons and they absolutely live in their cases. I'd love to have them out but they're just too prone to UV damage.
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pretty much the same with you dude.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-26-2014, 10:51 PM
 
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Re: How do you store your precious axes?

Solidbodies on wall, hollowbodies/acoustics in case. If I need more room, then everything in cases. The wall isn't about looking good but more because I am too freakin' lazy to put it back in the case. While I respect those who always use a case and wipe down strings and fretboard every time, I just don't have that type of discipline. I notice that those who always use cases and soft clothes on neck have fewer dings (sometimes none) and don't ever seem to have issues with stuff breaking or wiring going bad.
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Re: How do you store your precious axes?

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I have a decent size collection and I currently ave seven hanging and four on stands. But I have three neons and they absolutely live in their cases. I'd love to have them out but they're just too prone to UV damage.
You are wise on that one and it will pay off in long run. I saw a Pelham Blue Gibson, notorious for terrible UV issues and fouling of beautiful metallic color, and the thing lived in case for 50 years. Even then there was some UV damage from the two years it lived mostly out of its case. It's the only vintage Gibson of that color I have ever seen that is Pelham Blue and "blue" instead of puke green. It was priced three times higher than others similar to it and I assume in another 50 years when it's the only blue one on the market, it may bring in Porsche type prices.

I hope unmolested Ibanez neons bring in big bucks one day when collectors start realizing it's not all about Gibson and Fender. If I had a chromeboy, it would live in a crypt!
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-27-2014, 07:51 AM
 
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Re: How do you store your precious axes?

I also had the windows in the room tinted with 3M Night Vision 15 film.

http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...Vision_Series/

I did some research and found that this product is very commonly used by art galleries.
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-27-2014, 08:15 AM
 
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Re: How do you store your precious axes?

Funny you mention tint. I also tinted the window in my guitar room with 15% mirror tint myself. Helped immensely with keeping the ambient temperature in the room stable.
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-27-2014, 11:23 AM
 
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Re: How do you store your precious axes?

I want to have a room, like a few I know, without any windows. Not really for protecting guitars, which is good and really the only way to control temperature and humidity perfectly, but also for recording. Sometimes even with the best baffling, there's no easy or pretty way to shield sound of music from the street when you have a room with a window. You can cut bleed from a door pretty well, double baffled door, but there's no way to do that with window.

With heavy hitting drummers who think they are John Bonham or bass guitars backed by real watts, there's no effective way to completely shut out sound bleeding out other than a windowless room. Sometimes you also want to be able to turn it up but also not advertise to would be thiefs that there's expensive gear inside. I don't care if you have guns or pit bulls, if you advertise you have gear with bleed into the street, some meth head will find a way in and rip you off. Maybe it's a California thing, but stolen gear is found in every used music store since the cops simply don't care or can't do anything even if they did care. Trying to tell a cop that you had an electric guitar stolen is like telling them you want to report somebody who stole your bong.

I have seen so many of the better studios in shady neighborhoods and it's amazing how not a decibel gets out into the street. Whether it's in Van Nuys or NYC, the whole idea of unmarked buildings with no windows but platinum records on the wall inside is the model I kind of like. And it the windowless room still speaks to my laziness of taking stuff out of cases and then putting them back in. Why not have a room that you can proudly have your old school Martin permanently making its home on the studio couch? Sure that old Martin sounds better because it has a thinner top and much more delicate bracing, and that its tone cuts through because of a solid and super resonant neck without the aid of a truss rod, but its also those features which makes precious stuff like this usually unable to live outside a case for more than a few hours at a time.

Unfortunately, I live in a neighborhood that is extremely restrictive as to making changes on a house and/or yard, that a windowless room is out of the question. To give you an idea, river rock used to be one of the only few choices allowed for landscaping but then all river rock, even in backyard, became forbidden otherwise the city would give an order to remove it at owner's cost!

My old teacher had a drool-worthy vintage Gibson L5 with dual original PAFs in it and he would pull it out and jam on a piece with us, but if he got up and walked around the room and helped us with guitar or horn parts, he put it back in case. If he went to play again, he pulled it out again. Even though the class was at night and no sun was coming in, the temperature of that classroom varied wildly from week to week and even from start of class right after sunset until 9 pm. Being a professional, local gigging musician (read: poor) and not used to the money many others had in non-musical jobs, that guitar represented a whole year, or two, of earnings. A Gibson L5 from the McCarty days is worth more than most of our entire collections. The top was hand carved solid spruce so thin you could almost see through it but it had the traditional super taught 14 or 15 gauge strings that such a guitar was strung with in a big band, but it made a lowly ES-175 sound like a toy, tone-wise.

It can't be overstated how top gear (usually far more delicate than normal gear) needs to be protected and is subject to even small changes in temperature and humidity. The great pianist Horowitz used to travel with a piano tuner tech who would always tune the piano no more than an hour before the show. If a piano was tuned more than an hour earlier, he could easily hear it. Being subject to much stronger construction, imagine how mutable a nice guitar like an L5 is. It's kind of nice we here mostly like solidbody guitars with truss rods and slinky strings because the abuse from weather and bad guitar hygiene is much more easily forgiven. That being said, I do miss my '47 Martin.

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